- Intelligence reports indicated that there are alleged plans to attack Fulani herders in Plateau state
-The alleged plots are said to have been designed to disrupt the relative peace being enjoyed in the state
- The security agencies have reportedly reacted to the plans before they are carried out
Emerging reports claimed that a pandemonium has rocked Plateau state due to alleged plots by some fifth columnists to renew the farmers-herders clash in the state.
The Nation reports that the security agencies have swiftly reacted to the plots before they are carried out
A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Intelligence report indicated that there are plans to attack Fulani herders and their cattle in order to set them against innocent farmers, especially in Berom communities.
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“They want to make Plateau unsafe with internecine crises. The details of the plot are being studied by security and intelligence agencies.
“A key part of the plot is that the masterminds are unhappy with the return of peace to the state. The suspects, who are being trailed, believe they can achieve their objective when the state is set on fire.
“Some of them were also said to be shocked by how the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari restored peace to the North Central and some parts of the North-West including Zamfara and Birnin Gwari axis in Kaduna.”
A security source said the “conspiracy theory cannot be ruled out but we are studying the situation. We are mounting surveillance on high-profile suspects behind the alleged plans to ignite a fresh crisis between Fulani herders and farmers in Plateau state.
“We are closing in on some of these people and very soon, the plot will be exposed to the public.
Security men are battling to halt the fresh wave of violent attacks on herders. Shuaibu was attacked on Monday and his cows – about 100- were rustled.
Security men described the attacks as “purely activities of crininals,” meant to instigate ethnic violence and hate.
Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Barkin Ladi chapter, Alhaji Shuaibu Bayero and Director Muhammed Adam, recounted the attack.
Bayero said on the telephone: “Right now as I am talking to you, we are in Sunnah Clinic in Barkin Ladi where the victim is receiving treatment.
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“One of our boys, called Hawal Shuaibu was grazing his cows in the bush, at about 5:30pm today (Monday evening), some people carrying guns attacked him. He was shot on the chest and when he collapsed, the gunmen made away with about 100 cows.
“The boy now is in a critical condition. We have been referred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for proper medical attention. We don’t know if the boy will survive because the bullet hit him on the chest.
“We have reported the incident to the security agencies while trying to help our brother to survive”
“This kind of attack and cow rustling has been going on almost daily in Berom communities in the last one month. This attack is becoming too much. The attack took place around Dorowa village and the cows where led towards Fan by the attackers.”
“As a matter of fact, the security agencies helped us with their patrol vehicle to convey the victim to the hospital for treatment.”
Spokesman of the Special Military Task Force in charge of security in the state code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Major Umar Adam, said: “Yes, the attack took place and from our preliminary findings, it was purely activities of criminals.
“We find this attack shocking because we have been holding peace meetings with stakeholders in Barkin Ladi local government to ensure that there is peaceful coexistence.
“Not withstanding, our men have been deployed in the area to go after the attackers so as to recover the rustled cows”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigeria Police Force, Plateau state command, arrested 21 persons in connection with the killings and unrest in Plateau state.
The suspects were paraded on Monday, July 2, at the OPSH Headquarters in Jos by the media officer of the task force, Major Adam Umar and Police public relations officer Tyopev Terna.
Fourteen of the suspects were arrested at the scene of the violent protest that followed the Barkin Ladi's killings while 11 others were arrested in connection with the killings.
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